House of Commons Hansard #83 of the 38th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was budget.

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The Environment
Oral Question Period

11:25 a.m.

The Speaker

The hon. parliamentary secretary.

The Environment
Oral Question Period

11:30 a.m.

Richmond Hill
Ontario

Liberal

Bryon Wilfert Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, first of all, this government has delivered on a balanced plan for the environment. In fact, this government is being praised not only in Canada by organizations such as the Sierra Club, but let me point out to the hon. member that the German environment minister said he was pleased that Canada is advancing climate protection with an ambitious plan of action, that the host country of the next world conference on climate hereby sends a strong and progressive signal to the world, and that Canada offers evidence of climate protection.

I would rather rely on the German minister of the environment than on the leader of the NDP.

The Environment
Oral Question Period

11:30 a.m.

NDP

Jack Layton Toronto—Danforth, ON

Mr. Speaker, it is no wonder that the Europeans are celebrating the plan. Canadian tax dollars are going to be sent over to Europe to clean the Europeans' air instead of being invested here to clean the air that Canadians breathe. It is no wonder that they are thrilled with it.

The fact is that the Liberals have promised year after year to clean the air. Thirteen years ago the Prime Minister was banging his chest about how he was going to clean the air. We have kids in emergency wards trying to breathe. When is the government going to take some responsibility?

The Environment
Oral Question Period

11:30 a.m.

Richmond Hill
Ontario

Liberal

Bryon Wilfert Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, I would have expected that kind of comment from those across the way who do not even believe the ice age occurred. However, for the leader of the NDP to suggest for one moment that this plan does not deal with the health of Canadians and does not deal with the greening of Canada is a disgrace.

That member knows the trading credit system in Europe is a closed system. He knows that we have confidence in Canadians to expand and develop green technologies. We are going to do that. We are going to prove all those members on that side wrong.

Ethics
Oral Question Period

11:30 a.m.

Conservative

Joe Preston Elgin—Middlesex—London, ON

Mr. Speaker, yet another Liberal public works minister is now under an ethical cloud. Media reports today reveal the minister is under police investigation for a suspicious $4,000 cheque that he cashed from his Conservative riding association.

It turns out that the minister never provided receipts or statements to justify the payment. He did not report the money to Elections Canada. He has not reported the cheque as a gift under conflict of interest guidelines.

How can the minister continue to defend Liberal corruption when he himself is under an ethical cloud?

Ethics
Oral Question Period

11:30 a.m.

Kings—Hants
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Scott Brison Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the hon. member's question. The Progressive Conservative riding executive at that time made decisions respecting the expenditure of funds. That Progressive Conservative executive no longer exists. In fact, a large number of those Progressive Conservative executive members joined me when I joined the Liberal Party of Canada.

The treasurer's report at that time fully accounts for this expense. In fact, the treasurer said today, “All was appropriate. All procedures and rules were followed. This is just some Alliance people playing cheap politics”.

Ethics
Oral Question Period

11:30 a.m.

Conservative

Joe Preston Elgin—Middlesex—London, ON

Mr. Speaker, speaking of cheap government politics, the minister, the government's lapdog on scandals, has landed in an ethical cesspool of his own. Will the minister now make arrangements to pay back the money that he has taken inappropriately and perhaps talk to his own counterparts about paying back some that they have taken inappropriately?

Ethics
Oral Question Period

11:30 a.m.

Kings—Hants
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Scott Brison Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Mr. Speaker, the justice critic for the Conservative Party, who was the attorney general for the province of Manitoba and who is a lawyer, someone who should know the rules and the laws of the land, has been found guilty of campaign finance infractions. In fact, he broke the law.

Everything in my riding has been done in full respect of the laws of the land, and everything was done above the board, unlike the justice critic of the Alliance Conservative party who knowingly broke the rules of the land.

Liberal Party of Canada
Oral Question Period

11:30 a.m.

Conservative

Scott Reid Lanark—Frontenac—Lennox and Addington, ON

Mr. Speaker, yesterday in question period the Minister of Justice stated regarding Beryl Wajsman, “He is not a special counsel to the Minister of Justice”. I have with me a photocopy of Mr. Wajsman's business card and it says in English on one side and French on the other, “Special Counsel to Irving Cotler, MP, Mount Royal”. Does this not mean that it is legitimate to ask the Minister of Justice for his response to Mr. Wajsman's statement that in the Liberal Party, cultural communities are treated as “campaign slaves and ticket buyers”?

Liberal Party of Canada
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

The Speaker

I would remind the hon. member that even reading a document with a member's name on it as a means of getting around our rule against using names is inappropriate. I caution him. I know that in this case it may have felt important, but he knows the rules.

Liberal Party of Canada
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Northumberland—Quinte West
Ontario

Liberal

Paul MacKlin Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, clearly the hon. member was in the House and heard the response of the minister yesterday. It was very clear and unequivocal as it related to the individual involved. Quite frankly, I do not believe that anything more needs to be said on that matter.

Liberal Party of Canada
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Conservative

Scott Reid Lanark—Frontenac—Lennox and Addington, ON

Mr. Speaker, today Mr. Wajsman issued a press release in which he states that he personally had been trying to set right a longstanding injustice within the Liberal Party. Mr. Wajsman said in his press release, “I faced resistance within the Liberal Party in Quebec to giving cultural community representatives responsible positions other than as campaign slaves and ticket buyers”.

My question, therefore, is for the former political minister for Quebec, who is now the Prime Minister. Why does the Liberal Party treat ethnic minorities with such astonishing disrespect?

Liberal Party of Canada
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Northumberland—Quinte West
Ontario

Liberal

Paul MacKlin Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, I think what that hon. member said is inappropriate in terms of what this party stands for. Clearly this party is a multicultural party. Let us look at the people who are assembled here today. Clearly we do not represent anything other than a very representative and immigration friendly party. That hon. member ought to go back and take a look at this party and its record.

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

April 15th, 2005 / 11:35 a.m.

Bloc

Guy Côté Portneuf, QC

Mr. Speaker, everyone involved in the sponsorship scandal resorted to all sorts of tricks to give money to the Liberal Party: front men, phony invoices, salaries, unreported donations and so on.

Is it not obvious that, among the means found to give kickbacks to the Liberal Party, the communications firms could easily have used personal trusts, which are not subject to any external control? Therefore, what is the government waiting for to establish a dirty money trust?

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Kings—Hants
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Scott Brison Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Mr. Speaker, the party made it clear: if the party received inappropriate funds, it will reimburse the taxpayers.

These are allegations, not facts. To know the facts, we have to wait for the Gomery report.